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What I'm Seeing at SIFF 2015

Here's a note I got this morning from John Hartl, Seattle's émenince grise of movie reviewing, after I asked him what might be good at the Seattle International Film Festival this year:

I've seen plenty of good stuff, including “Flowers,” “Love & Mercy,” “The Boss, Anatomy of a Crime” and “The Golden Hill.” And some bad stuff too, like “Sleeping With Other People” and “Summer in Provence” and “Seoul Searching.” Take care, and don't watch too much.

I'd already gotten my tickets, of course, and, yes, I'll be watching too much. Here's what I wound up going for, sorted by country, and with superhelpful links to the SIFF site for more info—even if the SIFF site isn't exactly superhelpful (it's slow and not exactly user-friendly):

Movie Country Reason why
Don't Think I've Forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll Cambodia doc on rock history + U.S. Southeast Asia politics
Cave of the Spider Women/ Cave of the Silken Web China The first is a 1927 Chinese film — before Hollywood united all our tastes and predilections
The Connection France Jean Dujardin as Gene Hackman
Vincent  France Alt take on superhero mythology
The Apu trilogy India Because I've never seen it (I hang my head in shame)
Theeb Jordan Great reviews + I know nothing of Jordan
Kurmanjan Datka: Queen of the Mountains Kyrgyzstan Looks beautiful + I know nothing of Kyrgyzstan
Love, Theft & Other Entanglements Palestine Dark comedy about Middle East + I know nothing of the Middle East
Accused Netherlands Miscarriage of Dutch justice
Meeting Dr. Sun Taiwan Looks funny + Taiwan (my old stomping grounds)
Mr. Holmes UK Ian McKellen as Sherlock Holmes in retirement? Indubitably!
Love & Mercy USA On Brian Wilson; someone bring the Barenaked Ladies
Slow West USA Great buzz from Sundance
Being Evel USA He's Evel Knievel, damnit!

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Posted at 12:35 PM on Thu. May 14, 2015 in category Movies  
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